Making a Splash

Making a Splash

COLLEGEVILLE, Pa. – Ursinus scored eight goals in the second half as the Bears (6-3, 2-1 Centennial) defeated Dickinson (4-5, 1-1 Centennial) 14-9 in a rainy men's lacrosse matchup at Patterson Field on Saturday.

Ursinus defeated the Red Devils for the first time since the 2010 season.

Sophomore midfielder Dylan Spangenberg (Downingtown, Pa.) led the Bears with three goals and two assists, with junior midfielder Jake Weber (Lititz, Pa.) scoring two goals and adding an assist in the win. Ursinus also got two goals each from junior attack Mark Stratton (Lititz, Pa.) and sophomore attack Tucker Noel (North Caldwell, N.J.) with junior attack Steve Smyrl (Glen Mills, Pa.) joining Stratton and Spangenberg with two assists.

Dickinson was led by senior attack Brian Cannon who scored three goals and punched in an assist for the Red Devils. Six other players scored for Dickinson.

After the first quarter ended in a 3-all tie, Dickinson took a 4-3 lead at 13:19 when Tyler Llewellyn scored unassisted. Ursinus responded with three straight goals, one each by Weber, Smyrl and sophomore midfielder James Fairchild (Wayne, Pa.) for a 6-4 lead with 4:43 left. Fairchild scored off of a faceoff 13 seconds after Smyrl's goal.

A 4-0 run to start the third quarter put the game out of reach, as Spangenberg bookended the run with goals, his last coming at eight minutes even to take a 10-6 lead. Dickinson got to within three at 11-8 with 12:01 left in the game, before Ursinus went on a 3-0 run, capped by a goal from Noel at 5:18.

As a team, Ursinus committed just 11 turnovers, was a perfect 15-for-15 on clears, and grabbed 35 groundballs.

Individually, the Bears got six ground balls from sophomore goalkeeper Brian Neff, who also made 14 saves. Junior defender Ryan Ridinger had three caused turnovers.

For Dickinson, senior midfielder Carter Moore had nine groundballs. In goal, sophomore goalkeeper Nick Baxter had 14 saves.

Ursinus takes the week off, before heading to York (Pa.) for a non-conference matchup on Sunday, April 6, at 1 p.m.